Fergodsakes.com takes a look at the recent college and NFL coaching changes, and how they have affected or might affect former Michigan football players and coaches who are now coaching in college or the NFL.
In the ever-changing world of college football coaching in December, this is merely a snapshot in time. It will change as soon as it is posted.
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Former Michigan Football Players and Coaches
Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The Cardinals, 10-2, will be in the Sugar Bowl on January 2 against Florida. Head Coach Charlie Strong was rumored to have turned down the Tennessee job, will remain at Lousville, and the Cardinals are in the process of extending Strong’s contract. All of that should give Bedford job security and the opportunity to continue as Defensive Coordinator with what many see as a rising program.
Roy Manning (Michigan linebacker 2000-04), now Running Backs Coach for Cincinnati; and
Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07), now Defensive Line Coach for Cincinnati
The Bearcats (9-3) will play against Duke in the Belk Bowl, Charlotte, NC on Thursday December 27. Head Coach Butch Jones left for Tennessee on Friday, December 7. Stripling was named Interim Head Coach. In 2009, when both Stripling and Jones were at Central Michigan University, Jones departed for Cincinnati and Stripling was Interim Head Coach for CMU in the GMAC Bowl. With history repeating itself, there is speculation that Stripling will re-join Jones in Tennessee.
Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94);
Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); and
Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008):
Syracuse University. Wheatley is Running Backs Coach; Morrison is Linebackers Coach; and Shafer is Defensive Coordinator. The Orange, 7-5 overall, finished the regular season at 5-2 in the Big East. They will play West Virginia in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Saturday December 29. With the strong season at Syracuse, it is rumored that Shafer has interviewed for the Head Coaching position at Western Michigan. That same article says that Morrison is a possibility to be Shafer’s Defensive Coordinator, should Shafer land the WMU job. It also mentions that Syracuse’s Head Coach, Doug Marrone, is rumored to have interviewed for the Wisconsin job – opening all sorts of possibilities for Shafer, Morrison, and Wheatley.
Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. Western Kentucky finished the regular season 7-5 overall, 4-4 in the Sun Belt Conference (5th place). The Hilltoppers will play in Detroit in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against Central Michigan on Wednesday December 26. Head coach Willie Taggart left WKU and was introduced as Head Coach at the University of South Florida on December 8; the Hilltoppers hired Bobby Petrino shortly thereafter (Petrino was introduced as WKU Head Coach on December 10). Petrino will reportedly be hands-off until after the bowl game. Sheridan’s first season with WKU was 2012. Sheridan’s dad, former Michigan assistant coach Bill Sheridan, is now Defensive Coordinator at Tampa Bay. There is no overlap in the careers of Petrino and the elder Sheridan. At this point it’s tough to say where Nick Sheridan will end up. WKU blog Toppatime will have all the latest on the WKU coaching staff.
Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Was Defensive Coordinator for Temple in 2012. The Owls finished their season at 4-7 overall, 2-5 in the Big East (7th place). Temple Head Coach Steve Addazio left to become Head Coach at Boston College on December 4. Heater interviewed for the Head Coaching position at Temple on December 7. Many news outlets have reported that should Heater not get the Temple job, he would follow Addazio to Boston College to become Defensive Coordinator for the Eagles. According to Philly.com, Temple won’t be naming its new head coach until at least the first part of next week.
Anthony Thomas (running back 1997-2000): For the 2011 and 2012 seasons, was an assistant coach for the Division II West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats. A senior on Team 121, Thomas left Michigan as the all-time leading rusher in program history. The Bobcats ended their season on November 10, finishing with a record of 3-8. Head Coach Jonas Jackson resigned on November 11; Thomas and most of the other assistants did the same on November 12. If and when Coach Jackson lands another position, don’t be surprised to see the A-Train to join his staff.
Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Was Auburn University Offensive Coordinator in 2012. Head Coach Gene Chizik and the rest of the Auburn staff, including Loeffler, were relieved of their duties on November 25. The Tigers finished the season with a record of 3-9 overall, 0-8 in the SEC West.
Among those with Michigan ties, with whom Loeffler has coached:
Brady Hoke Coaching Tree
Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State 2005-08): Now Wisconsin Badgers Tight Ends Coach. Big Ten Champion Wisconsin, 8-5, will be playing in the Rose Bowl on New Years Day against the Stanford Cardinal. Bret Bielema of course left Wisconsin in a surprising move to become Head Coach at Arkansas. Barry Alvarez will lead the Badgers in the Rose Bowl. Would you rather have your Athletic Director searching for a new coach or preparing for a Rose Bowl? In any event, Faulkner played at Wisconsin from 1996-2000. Any new head coach will want his own staff. If the new Badger coach has Wisconsin ties, perhaps Faulkner stays. His only season on Bielema’s staff was 2012; other than that there is no history between Faulkner and Bielema – doubtful that he moves to Arkansas.
John Powers (OL Coach 2006-07; TE Coach 2008 for Brady Hoke at Ball State). Now Bethune-Cookman’s Offensive Line Coach. Bethune-Cookman was 9-2 in the regular season and qualified for the FCS playoffs. They lost their first round game on November 24. Head Coach for the Wildcats, Brian Jenkins, was reportedly interviewed for the vacant Southern University coaching position; Jenkins will remain with Bethune-Cookman, according to news reports.
Trent Boykin (Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach at Ball State 2003-04): Running Backs Coach for Akron Zips. The Zips finished with a record of 1-11 overall, 0-8 in the MAC-East (last place). Head Coach Terry Bowden has named a new offensive coordinator (A.J. Milwee, QB Coach for the Zips in 2012). The rest of the coaching staff, including Boykin, appear to be returning.
Cam Cameron, fired earlier this week as Offensive Coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. Cameron’s ties to those with Michigan roots are many: